Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Road Trip DIYs

We're gearing up for another road trip!  And, I've been crafting like crazy to get ready (I'm nuts like that).  Here's what I've been working on:
Clothes Scrunchies- I referenced these on our last road trip but never got around to blogging about them.  As you can see, the scrunchies are actually colored elastic (Amazon) that I sewed into a circle.  All my kids have assigned colors so I can tell immediately whose outfit I'm holding.  I love how the scrunchies keep the clothes neat and contained.  They don't get messed up no matter how many times we dig in the family suitcase!  Each clothes bundle has everything needed to get that kid dressed: pants, shirt, and diaper/panties.  I can hand a packet to my husband or anyone and they can help me get everyone ready in the morning.  Those bands are so small but so helpful. 
 Activity Box- I also talked about this idea in the previous road trip blog.  I love how this flip top bin fits between the seats.  Inside is a treasure of activities, toys, and prizes to keep the kids entertained.  Just in this picture, you can see the magna-doodle (Dollar Tree), the little container with a sticky frog, a pair of sunglasses, a google-eye ring, and a mommy-made "Who's Who at the Zoo" flip book.
 Mom's Activity Box- I used the tutorial on the Jembellish blog to make this hanging bin.  Our SUV has so much leg room in the front that I nearly cannot reach the glove box.  I mostly use this bin to hold my craft projects and Kindle.  It always has a pair of scissors, a pen, and a pack of gum.
Mom's Pillow- I got the pattern for this "dog bone" pillow on the Sew4Home blog website.  As you can see, I made it match my hanging bin.  I made a second one for my husband with airplane fabric.  He stores his pillow in a bin under his seat when he's not using it.

The basket in the middle is our "center console."  It's an organized mess of pouches, bags, bottles, and cords- all our important things.  Sometimes, the most important thing is a lollipop (or 3) or a baby wipe or the radio transmitter for the MP3 player.  Whatever I may need while driving, I try to stock in that bin.

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